Taking stock: FTAdviser's news round-up of 2019


Neil Woodford, defined benefit transfers and the newly implemented Senior Managers & Certification Regime have dominated headlines throughout 2019.

Speaking on the last FTAdviser podcast for the year, our senior reporter David Thorpe reflected on how the "slow motion car crash of Neil Woodford" had dominated investment news throughout the year.

Other investment stories included the "really sharp shift in sentiment in stock markets" away from growth stocks — which had performed well in the past decade — and towards value stocks, which have experienced a sustained period of underperformance.

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He was discussing the biggest stories of the year with two other members of our news team, Maria Espadinha and Imogen Tew.

Maria said the pensions world was dominated by changes in the DB transfer market and the question of contingent charging. The NHS tapered annual allowance issues also grew in prominence over the course of 2019.

Meanwhile Imogen thought the implementation of SMCR had been a more important topic as the year progressed, adding it would be "interesting" to see how the regulator will be looking at this in 2020.

Other regulatory topics to look out for include amendments to Mifid II and the FAMR review.

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